2020 Graduates Reveal Next Steps

Members of the USC School of Pharmacy Class of 2020 landed full-time positions at a wide range of employers including Amgen, L.A. Care Health Plan, Edwards Lifesciences, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Novartis and UCI Health. Here, a few newly minted alumni share their post-graduation plans—from postdoctoral fellowships to regulatory consulting.

Eleanor Crecelius

“In September, I started as an analyst in Deloitte’s Government & Public Services Practice in Rosslyn, Virginia. I’ll work on a team of consultants and other professionals to research and diagnose areas for improvement, produce and edit deliverables, and regularly communicate and meet with our government clients. I was lucky to learn more about the consulting profession through several of my classes in Healthcare Decision Analysis (HCDA). Our guest lecturers and full-time professors are accomplished professionals in the healthcare industry and have relevant perspectives on what steps to take to become a successful professional.”

-Eleanor Crecelius, MS Healthcare Decision Analysis ’20

Jiangshan Huang

“I am continuing my education with a managed care residency at Kaiser Permanente in Northern California. I’m looking forward to finding ways to integrate new technology into the world of pharmacy, such as data analytics.”

-Jiangshan Huang, PharmD ’20

Hanieh Khatibi

“I’ve been selected to complete a postdoctoral fellowship with USC-Allergan as the medical affairs (global medical scientific information) fellow. I am very grateful for this opportunity and look forward to working toward improving the quality of healthcare around the world. I have been privileged with many opportunities in life and I want to give back to the world as much as I can.”

-Hanieh Khatibi, PharmD ’20

Bijan Motamedi

“I’ve moved to Seattle for an oncology marketing fellowship with Seattle Genetics. I’ve spent the last four years learning about how others are effecting change in healthcare and I’m excited to finally take my shot at contributing. To start my career, I made sure to choose a company and pipeline that I believe in, and the pioneering work Seattle Genetics is doing in oncology shows great promise for cancer patients.”

-Bijan Motamedi, PharmD ’20

Larry Rodriguez

“I have a T32 postdoctoral position in the laboratory of Marisa Roberto in the Department of Molecular Medicine at The Scripps Research Institute. I’m looking forward to applying my regulatory, business and scientific knowledge to discovering and developing novel therapies for alcohol addiction.”

-Larry Rodriguez, PhD Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences ’20

Deep Patel

“I’m in a full-time position at CVS in Los Angeles and am applying to master’s programs with an emphasis on health informatics and public health. I recently found a passion for data, technology and population health that I plan to combine to develop programs that will enhance patient adherence and health literacy.”

-Deep Patel, PharmD ’20

Fnu Rahool

“I started as a clinical operations intern at AbbVie and was fortunate to have multiple offers before even graduating from the HCDA program. Now I’m a clinical project associate at Gilead Sciences. I’m looking forward to using my clinical knowledge to make a positive impact on patients’ lives. The HCDA program has helped me grow personally and professionally. When you present for in-class exercises, you build relationships and showcase your skills to professors who are already working in industry.”

-Fnu Rahool, MS Healthcare Decision Analysis ’20

Katherine St. Martin

“I am starting my own regulatory consulting business to work with private equity firms that want to outsource the regulatory due-diligence aspects of biotechnology acquisitions. I love coming into an organization and assessing their strengths and weaknesses from a quality systems perspective and ultimately weighing in on their translative opportunities. I am also on deck to create a new biologic product course for the Regulatory Science Program at University of California, Irvine (UCI) this fall/winter. I am one of two USC DRSc grads who have gone on to create and teach courses for UCI. It is a privilege to shape the next generation of regulatory professionals through my experiences gained at USC.”